Indoor Adventure

Mimosa Yes, you did read the title right. I have been trying to get a unique perspective on the mimosa blooms that happen to reside on the top side of the mimosa trees. (Don’t try this at home, kids.) So, I went to my upstairs bedroom window that is near one of the trees and climbed out of the window with my camera while sitting on the window sill. I know my wife thinks I have lost my mind. But, I was able to get some interesting captures from inside the house. Thanks for stopping by. You can find more of my images at my site http://www.tobygant.com/.

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Mimosa Blooms

Mimosa BloomsWell, my quest with the cardinals has ended in utter disaster. In my attempt to lure them into the yard with a feeder, I lured a song bird to a premature death thanks to my wife’s orange tabby cat. Thankfully, the victim was not one of my cardinals. But, I have retired the feeder all the same. I don’t want to be party to a massacre of innocent songbirds.

In search of new material to shoot when I’m home, I found these beautiful blooms on the Mimosa trees out back. I’m not certain how long the trees will carry the blooms. But, you can be certain I will be there with glass in hand working with them while they are here. This image was captured with my 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII. I hope everyone has an opportunity to get some great shots this weekend. You can find more images on my site at http://tobygant.com.

Cloudland in HDR

This is a HDR image I captured at Cloudland Canyon State Park. The image is compiled of 5 images captured 1 stop apart. The images were processed using the LR/Enfuse plugin for Lightroom. I’ve been using this for all of my HDR work for some time now. It’s been quite some time since I’ve used any other software for my HDR process flow and I thought I would go back to some of the more popular solutions for a change. Long story short, my experiment was a failure. I went back to LR/Enfuse and I will stay with it. There is simply nothing else out there that produces “natural” looking HDR images with as much ease as LR/Enfuse. If you haven’t given it a try, you should think of giving it a quick look. You can see a high-resolution of this image on my website at http://www.tobygant.com/cloudland. Please feel free to leave comments. And if you’ve tried LR/Enfuse, what are your thoughts about it?

Intimate Cloudland

Intimate CloudlandThis image of a tree rooted in the rocks at the base of the falls is one of my favorites from my short adventure. When I first saw it I immediately visualized it in black & white. The textures of the tree and stones were raw and edgy. The shadows were well-defined and dark. I feel this capture perfectly demonstrates the volatile landscape that surrounds you at the park. You can find a high-resolution image of this shot and many more on my site at http://www.tobygant.com/cloudland. And as always please feel free to leave your comments.

More Cloudland Canyon

Cloudland CanyonI am still sorting through my captures from my trip to Cloudland Canyon State Park on Saturday. It is such an incredibly beautiful place. It was a long walk down the mountainside into the canyon in order to reach the falls. It was also much longer working our way back up. The kids held up extremely well and I think they are growing accustomed to the long hikes which pleases me more than I can say. We are building memories that I hope will stay with them long after I am. I fell asleep Saturday evening reliving our weekend adventure. I’m fairly certain I will be doing the same all week. This is an image captured at the base of the upper falls. The emerald-colored water was striking against the forest and boulders. You can find images from this adventure and many more at my site http://www.tobygant.com/cloudland. As always, thanks for stopping by. If you have any suggesting for parks to visit in the Blue Ridge or Smoky Mountains, please leave your comments on my blog.

Cloudland Canyon State Park – Georgia

Cloudland CanyonWe were not able to go for an adventure last week due to poor weather. We made up for it this week in a major way when we visited Cloudland Canyon State Park near Rising Fawn, Georgia. The park came highly recommend by a friend. (Thanks, Elise.) And it definitely lived up to all the hyperbole. We only had a limited amount of time to spend at the park and we chose to visit the falls this time out. I’m very happy we did. It was truly an adventure. I felt a million miles away from everywhere. I can’t wait until we can visit again. This shot was captured with my 16-35mm f/4. I simply love shooting landscapes with this lens. As always you can see a high-resolution version on my site at http://www.tobygant.com/cloudland. Thanks for stopping by.

Supermoon Georgia

Supermoon over LanierWe took the kids to visit supermoon again this year. The last time we saw it we were in Florida. Tonight we watched it rise over Lake Lanier in Georgia. Conditions were not as good as what we experienced last year. But, I was still able to get a couple of interesting shots. I hope everyone had an opportunity to get out and see it tonight. Please share links to any shots you were able to capture here on my blog. I would love to see them. My favorite shot of supermoon from last year is on my site at http://www.tobygant.com/springpark#h25172045. Thanks for stopping by.

The Interloper

There is a new addition to our back yard. There is a new cardinal and hen that have joined our existing couple. They have not had a very warm reception from the existing birds. Red, my first cardinal, seems to particularly dislike him. My wife has dubbed the scrappy new bird “the interloper”. I think he’s stuck with the name. I also think Red needs to get accustomed to him being here because the interloper seems to have no intention of leaving the feeder anytime soon.

Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge Mountains from Sawnee MountainI talked the family into climbing Sawnee Mountain again yesterday. This image is a panorama compiled from 10 separate images. It is an incredible view of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains at sunset from that elevation. I captured the image with my new 50mm f/1.4. The detail of the full resolution image is stunning. You can actually make out signs on the streets below. As always you can see more of my images at http://www.tobygant.com.